The last step to undertake in the green card application process is to attend the green card marriage interview led by the officer, who will aim to assess your marriage’s authenticity. You will have to take the proper preparation to avoid giving vague answers and make the interviewing officer suspect in your statements.
There are certain documents to bring, and after USCIS officers assess them, they will ask you questions to determine whether your relationship is genuine. People make common mistakes that make the interviewing officer suspicious that marriage or relationship might be fraudulent, so make sure to get prepared for the green card interview. If the officer is satisfied with answers and sees no irregularities in documents, the green card for your spouse will be approved.
Where you will attend the Interview?
The green card marriage interview location depends on where the spouse seeking a green card currently lives.
- Your spouse is currently in the U.S.: you will both be invited to the local USCIS office, and the green card will be mailed within 2-3 weeks of the approval.
- Your spouse lives outside the United States: they will go to a U.S. embassy or consulate in the home country. In this case, as a sponsoring spouse, you will not be invited. If approved, the spouse applying for a green card will receive a visa stamp in the passport and be allowed to travel to the U.S. Before a physical green card can be issued, which usually takes between 2-3 weeks, the fee that must be paid is $220.
What Can You Expect After The Marriage Green Card Interview?
The U.S. immigrant officer will usually bring the decision right away whether you get a green card. But, in some cases:
- You can receive an RFE.
- USCIS can conduct an additional application review.
- USCIS can schedule the Stokes interview
If the application has been approved, the officer will put the stamp in the immigrant passport, valid for 30 days as a green card. The green card will arrive by mail in the next 60 days.
If you have been married to a U.S. citizen for less than two years
The spouse will receive a CR1 (or “conditional”) green card, which is valid for two years. You will have to submit Form I-751 ( “Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence”) within the 90-day before the expiration of the conditional green card.
When USCIS receives it, they will re-evaluate your marriage, making sure it is authentic and that you as a couple did not get married only for immigration purposes.
If you have been married to a U.S. citizen for more than two years
Your spouse will receive an IR1- “immediate relative” immigrant visa. This is a “permanent” green card that will be valid for ten years. The good news is that usually, renewing this green card is a straightforward process. It will not require you to prove the authenticity of your marriage again to stay a permanent resident.
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